Tuesday, November 03, 2009

When Up is Down and Down is Up

Elizabeth Elliot's husband, Jim, was murdered by the Auca Indians giving her the opportunity to show them the love and forgiveness of Christ and lead a great number of them to salvation.

Joni Eareckson Tada was paralyzed as a young girl, giving her a global platform from which to declare the perfectly wise and loving sovereignty of God.

John Bunyan was imprisoned for over 18 years during which he conceived and wrote one of the top-selling books of all time, The Pilgrim's Progress.

Kenneth and Connie Parker were winners of a $25 million jackpot. Their 16-year marriage disintegrated just months after they became rich beyond their wildest dreams.

Jeffrey Dampier, a $20 million winner, was kidnapped and murdered by his own sister-in-law.

In 2002, Jack Whittaker won the largest individual payout in U.S. lottery history and immediately assured everyone, "I can take this much money and do a lot of good with it right now."

But it didn't work out like that.

Whittaker's life was consumed by hardship, including the death of his beloved granddaughter Brandi, who was a victim of a drug overdose, and the breakup of his marriage. "If I knew what was going to transpire, honestly, I would have torn the ticket up," said Jewell Whittaker, Jack Whittaker's ex-wife.

"As the wicked are hurt by the best of things, so the godly are bettered by the worst." (William Jenkyn)

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